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KENNY ROGERS TO RECEIVE WILLIE NELSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


KENNY ROGERS TO RECEIVE WILLIE NELSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN STAR-STUDDED
TRIBUTE DURING “THE 47TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” AIRING WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 ON THE
ABC TELEVISION NETWORK


Lady Antebellum
and The Band Perry Will Also Perform During the Three-Hour Gala; Previously Announced
Performers Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban Will Take the Stage Together During
“Country Music’s Biggest Night™”

NASHVILLE – Newly
inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member
Kenny Rogers will receive The
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award during “The 47
th Annual CMA Awards”
airing
Wednesday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Rogers
will be honored with a star-studded tribute featuring performances by
Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker.

“Kenny
Rogers is a living legend and Country Music trailblazer,” said
Ed Hardy, President of
the CMA Board of Directors. “He is more than deserving of this honor and what
is sure to be a stellar tribute. He represents everything that this Award was
intended to recognize when we initiated it last year with Willie.”

Rogers
is a five-time CMA Awards winner with 23 career nominations. He was inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame in a Medallion Ceremony Sunday night, celebrating
a five decade-long career. Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide,
recorded 24 No. 1 songs and 12 No. 1 albums, is a
New York Times Bestselling author,
and recently released his 35
th studio album – the critically acclaimed You Can’t Make
Old Friends
, which became his 22nd Top 10 Country album.

The Willie
Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award was presented for the first time last year to
its namesake. The Lifetime Achievement Award was created and meant to be presented
to an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in Country
Music. The Award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and
international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian
efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level.

Lady
Antebellum
and The Band Perry have been added to the list of artists
performing during the ceremony, and previously announced performers
Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will perform together
on the CMA Awards for the first time.

Nettles is a six-time CMA Awards winner,
five of which were for Vocal Duo of the Year with Sugarland, and one as songwriter
for Song of the Year, “Stay.” Sugarland is nominated again for Vocal Duo of the Year.

Rascal
Flatts has earned seven CMA Awards and 16 career nominations over. The trio was
named Vocal Group of the Year six consecutive times, and also received the Horizon
Award (now New Artist of the Year) in 2002. 

Rucker is a former CMA
New Artist of the Year with four career CMA Awards nominations. He is nominated
this year for Single of the Year for “Wagon Wheel,” the No. 1 single from
his latest album,
True Believers. The hit is also nominated for Song
of the Year for songwriters
Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor.  

Lady Antebellum
are seven-time CMA Awards winners with 14 career nominations. They’ve been named
CMA Vocal Group of the Year three times, and are nominated again in that category.
The trio is also nominated for Music Video of the Year for “Downtown.”

The Band
Perry, two-time CMA Awards winners, are nominated this year for Vocal Group of
the Year – their fourth consecutive nomination in the category. The trio took
home the trophy for New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year for “If I
Die Young” in 2011. Additionally,
Kimberly Perry won Song of the
Year for writing the track.

Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, “The 47th Annual CMA Awards”
will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Previously announced
performers for “The 47
th Annual CMA Awards” include Jason Aldean; Luke
Bryan
; Eric Church; Florida Georgia Line; Hunter Hayes with Jason Mraz; Little
Big Town
; Tim McGraw; Kacey Musgraves; Paisley; Blake Shelton; Taylor Swift with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss; Underwood; and
Zac Brown Band with Dave Grohl. Alan Jackson and George Strait will perform together
in a tribute to the legendary
George Jones.

Tickets
for “The 47
th Annual CMA Awards” are officially sold-out, marking
the fifth year in a row the ceremony has sold out in advance.  

Winners
of “The 47
th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final
round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA
Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte
& Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends
today (5:00 PM/CT).

The CMA
Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional
members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote
an individual genre of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was
held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time
– making it the longest-running, annual music awards program on network television.
The CMA Awards moved to ABC in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.

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